Celebrating National Wildlife Week from a distance

Kim Glovas
April 06, 2020 - 5:18 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that social distancing appears to be our new normal for the time being, National Wildlife Week enthusiasts have to get creative.

Many parks are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but naturalist David Mizejewski, with the National Wildlife Federation, said it’s important for people to take the time to get out into nature — even in your backyard.

“The idea is just to focus on nature as a way that we can get a little relief from all the stress that we’re all experiencing right now,” he said.

The federation’s website has resources for kids, too.

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“One of the things that we’ve done is made all of our Ranger Rick magazines and all of the associated content — activities, games, videos — available for free,” Mizejewski said. 

The federation also created the #MyWildlife challenge, encouraging people to post photos of nature at nwf.org

“We’re hoping folks will share pictures of themselves out in nature, or even just photos they’ve taken in the past — on vacation or whatever — of their favorite natural places,” he said.

The winner of the photo contest will receive a prize packet when the pandemic is over.